The field of health psychology has expanded rapidly over recent years as the relationship between psychosocial factors and physical health has been explored by researchers. In particular, the role played by hostility and the processes of coping with stress and illness has received much attention.

Hostility, Coping, and Health examines the latest developments in hostility and coping research and represents a productive dialogue between researchers interested in the emotional and motivational aspects of stress and those who are interested in coping strategies. This book presents original and in-depth chapters on emotional patterns, coping across time, and assessment methods.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1991 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents




I. Introduction

  1. Understanding Hostility, Coping, and Health
    —Howard S. Friedman

II. The Hostility Perspective

  1. Developments in the Measurement of Hostility
    —John C. Barefoot
  2. Hostility, Health, and Social Contexts
    —Timothy W. Smith and Alan J. Christensen
  3. Anger and Cardiovascular Health
    —Judith M. Siegel
  4. Conflict-Prone and Conflict-Resistant Organizations
    —Daniel Stokols
  5. Life-Style and Hostility
    —Larry Scherwitz and Reiner Rugulies
  6. Behavioral Influences on Coronary Artery Disease: A Nonhuman Primate Model
    —Stephen B. Manuck, Jay R. Kaplan, Thomas B. Clarkson, Michael R. Adams, and Carol A. Shively
    • Commentary to Part Two: Hostility and the Coronary-Prone Personality
      —John W. Burns and Edward S. Katkin
    • Commentary to Part Two: Does Lowering Cholesterol Cause Increases in Depression, Suicide, and Accidents?
      —Robert M. Kaplan, Stephen B. Manuck, and Sally Shumaker

III. The Coping Perspective

  1. Inhibition as the Linchpin of Health
    —James W. Pennebaker
  2. The Repressive Personality and Social Support
    —Robert A. Emmons
  3. Social Withdrawal as a Short-Term Coping Response to Daily Stressors
    —Rena L. Repetti
  4. Conceptualizing the Process of Coping With Health Problems
    —Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, and Christina Pozo
  5. The Influence of Familial and Interpersonal Factors on Children's Development and Associated Cardiovascular Risk
    —Barbara J. Tinsley
    • Commentary to Part Three: Assessing Situational Coping: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations
      —Arthur A. Stone and Eileen Kennedy-Moore
    • Commentary to Part Three: Improving Coping Assessment: Reply to Stone and Kennedy-Moore
      —Susan Folkman

IV. Conclusion

  1. Stress, Coping, and Health: Conceptual Issues and Directions for Future Research
    —Camille B. Wortman, Collette Sheedy, Vicki Gluhoski, and Ron Kessler


About the Editor

Editor Bio

Howard S. Friedman is professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. A fellow of the APA in health psychology, Friedman has been a leader in the development of health psychology, authoring or editing a number of influential articles and books including, most recently, Health Psychology, Personality and Disease, and The Self-Healing Personality.

A long-time member of the editorial board of the journal Health Psychology, his work has been supported by research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the National Institute on Aging. Friedman is an honors graduate of Yale University and received his PhD from Harvard University in 1976.